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E-waste broker caught making illegal exports of CRTs to Hong Kong and China

March 19th, 2015

March 19, 2015. This is the reason why research on e-waste exports that is based on official export records is very unreliable, and grossly understates the amount of e-waste being exported. Smugglers are not going to say they are exporting CRTs. …they lie about the contents, and say it’s plastic or scrap metal.

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NGOs from around the globe deliver “Challenge” to electronics industry on toxic chemicals

March 16th, 2015

March 16, 2015: NGO’s today delivered a formal challenge to the electronics industry to take action to stop the harm to workers and communities caused by hazardous chemicals used to manufacture electronic products.

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Commentary: E-Waste Export Policy Key to Stopping Electronics Counterfeits and Protecting Military Readiness

September 29th, 2014

As the Armed Services Committee report found, “much of the material used to make counterfeit electronic parts is electronic waste, or e-waste, shipped from the United States and the rest of the world to China.”

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Dell Introduces First Computer Made With Plastics from Recycled Electronics

June 12th, 2014

Dell has announced that later this month they will begin selling their first computer (the OptiPlex 3030 all-in-one) made with plastic recycled from old electronics.

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Samsung Apologizes To Semiconductor Workers Who Contracted Cancer, Promises Compensation

May 27th, 2014

Samsung took an unprecedented step on May 14, and publicly apologized to workers who developed cancers after working at Samsung semiconductor plants. Some of the workers have died from leukemia.

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Senate Bill Creates U.S. Jobs and Stops Toxic E-Waste Tide

March 6th, 2014

March 6, 2014: U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today introduced S. 2090, the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) of 2014 to stop sham U.S. “recyclers” from sending toxic electronic waste to developing countries and to promote recycling jobs at home.

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America Recycles. But Not Rayovac.

November 14th, 2013

The major four battery makers were all set to begin a national recycling program for single-use batteries until Rayovac backed out. Energizer, Duracell and Panasonic are all on board.

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Bananaphone Founder Challenges InfoTech To Grow Up

October 8th, 2013

A new book by children’s performer Raffi is built around three compelling and urgent reasons to reform social media and issues a resounding call for a thorough “mid-course correction” before it is too late.

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Stop flunking e-waste: 6 steps to boost electronics recycling

September 18th, 2013

Guardian Sustainable Business: “When it comes to e-waste recycling, most electronics retailers aren’t just struggling; they’re downright failing. At least according to the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, which took the industry to task in a recent report.”

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Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, to ban overseas dumping of US ewaste, introduced in Congress

July 24th, 2013

The news comes just after one Colorado firm was ordered to pay over $4 million in fines, with two executives sent to prison, for a scheme to illegally dispose of and export electronic waste to China and other foreign countries.

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